Calumet Stewardship Initiative


Spring is here, and the 2015 Calumet Summit is coming up on May 12th and 13th at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes is the oldest independent citizens' organization devoted 100 percent to the Great Lakes. The professional staff works with scientists, policymakers, businesses, community groups and everyday citizens to protect and restore the world's largest surface freshwater resource. The Alliance has many program areas. CSI forms a hub of activity and information around the Calumet Region. It helps the Alliance and its partner organizations work across organizational and jurisdictional boundaries to achieve its mission.

The Calumet Stewardship Initiative is offering a special training series for volunteers who are dedicated to stewardship of the Calumet region's natural areas.The 2014 Volunteer Leadership Training Series will educate participants about the ecology of the Calumet region and help them develop the skills necessary to become leaders in monitoring and managing natural resources at local waterways and nature preserves.

For seven weeks this summer, nine high school students from the Chicago side of the Calumet Region participated in the Ford Environmental Leadership Internship run by The Field Museum. These interns worked to create and implement an action project that addressed a pressing climate change issue they saw in their community – citywide water management given the predicted increase in floods and droughts in the Chicago region. When they learned that flooding....

With a mission to “inspire lasting curiosity and stewardship with nature”, Dunes Learning Center provides year-round curriculum and standards-based education programs to learners of all ages. Founded in 1998 as an independent non-profit organization, Dunes Learning Center is a national model for place-based environmental education. Their trained naturalist staff and 63-acre campus located inside Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore are truly unique and valuable resources, bringing global opportunities to the Great Lakes region.  No other organization in Illinois or Indiana offers a residential program in partnership with the National Park Service—an arrangement that is common to less than 25 environmental learning centers in the nation. 


Friends of  the Forest Preserves (FOTFP) is an independent non-profit organization advocating for responsible management of the forest preserves of Cook County. Through advocacy, internships, and ecological restoration we promote responsible management of the more than 68,000 acres of forest preserve land including those in the Calumet Region.  

FOTFP collaborates closely with the Calumet Stewardship Initiative to recruit volunteers and promote recreational opportunities for the forest preserves of the Calumet Region.  FOTFP also partners with CSI members to implement large scale ecological restoration projects in the region. Activities for these projects include invasive species removal and prescribed burns.

On October 19th, 2012 the Calumet Stewardship Initiative launched a new website. The new site will help CSI partners communicate with each other and the wider public in ways that increase public awareness of the unique value of the Calumet region and of opportunities for individuals and groups to contribute to regional quality of life.

Photos and Videos